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offhand

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English *ofhande, *ofhende, from Old English ofhende (absent, lost), equivalent to off- +‎ hand. Cognate with Icelandic afhendur. Compare onhand.

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offhand (comparative more offhand, superlative most offhand)

  1. without planning or thinking ahead
    She gave an offhand speech.
  2. careless; without sufficient thought or consideration
    He doesn't realise how hurtful his offhand remarks can be.
  3. curt, abrupt, unfriendly
    She was quite offhand with me yesterday.

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AdverbEdit

offhand (comparative more offhand, superlative most offhand)

  1. right away, immediately, without thinking about it
    • Offhand, I'd guess that that's a yellow-bellied sapsucker.
    • 1854: William Makepeace Thackeray, The Rose and the Ring - We will have no more of this shilly-shallying! Call the Archbishop, and let the Prince and Princess be married offhand!
  2. in an offhand manner

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